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The Line Break: Phillip Gross

The Line Break is a monthly podcast that revisits Ryan Van Winkle’s interviews for the SPL, but with a new emphasis. Whereas before you were invited to enjoy an interview and reading by a contemporary poet, The Line Break will be especially appreciated by poets eager to learn more about their craft. You’ll learn to listen with a pen and pad by your side.

Vintage interviews are broken up with a new commentary. At regular points, Ryan will drop ‘creative sparks’ into the listening experience, encouraging you to pause the podcast and try out a quick writing exercise. What sort of things might you work on? All sorts of wild thought-experiments to get your neurons firing faster, such as – Ryan says – coming up with ‘names for an imaginary paint chart, or to be asked what a boat made of poetry might look like’.

Episodes of The Line Break are designed to be listened to on the go as much as they can be enjoyed from home. If you’re interested in learning how to write poetry but have limited time, these podcasts and the exercises contained in them can be completed while taking the train or bus home, or you can enjoy them during a lunch break.

For our pilot outing, host Ryan Van Winkle re-visits his 2013 Scottish Poetry Library podcast interview with TS Eliot-prize winner, Philip Gross, ranging across making up names for colours, comparing the similarities of poetry and making scones, and asking what happens in the thought vortex of ‘What if? And then?’

If the player is not visible above, listen to the podcast via Podomatic by clicking here.

Listeners can also join The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets.

This episode is produced by Culture Laser Productions.

Category: podcast